Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Loudini Interviews Chris Hawley

Warming hearts in even the coldest of places, Hawley has a gift of making people feel good with his music. The Los Angeles-based artist and avid skier, surfer, and yogi has mastered this with a perfect combination of genuinely positive vibes, inspiring lyrics, transcendent guitar work, and danceable grooves within well crafted songs. Elements of Little Feat, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Duane Allman, and Andres Segovia abound.

The fifth album, Rise and Shine, showcases unique songwriting, groovy finger picking, and a delicious blend of percussion. The Christopher Hawley Rollers have played everywhere from LA’s Greek Theatre to the local dive bar in your hometown, having toured internationally for the last ten years.





Gender
Male

Current Location
Los Angeles, CA

Influences
JJ Cale, Bob Marley, Little Feat, Willie Nelson, Allman Brothers Band, Meters, Johnny Cash, Rebirth Brass Band

Press contact
chrollers@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Loudini interviews Chris Dodson

At WolfsCustoms, we are a small refinishing and customizing business. I myself Chris (Wolf) have been doing this for many years when I have had the opportunity. The other half of WolfsCustoms is my wife Raven, a very talented local artist, and has been so for many years. Our combined love for music of all kinds, and me a guitar player/lover and her also soon. Has brought us both to bring this new business to life. WolfsCustoms is not a luthier, nor hand made custom shop, as of yet. I pride my work in the love of the guitar and the vision of what the customers wants and desires. WolfsCustoms has outsources for things we cannot do (yet) ourselves. We have a website made but not finished as of yet. When finished it will show all the things we offer, prices, specials, ect.





As of now you may go to the photos on WolfsCustoms and see what we have done recently, and up n coming projects. As far as finishes go, we can do simple repaint, dip/swirls, airbrushing and water drop effect coming soon. The Holo-flashing we do is amazingly popular and very affordable. Another finish now available is marbilizing or what some may call bowling ball effect. We offer vinyl applications as well. We welcome anyone who would like to have something done. Also any ideas for a finish not shown or mentioned are also welcome. You may also contact us here for a quote until website is fully operational.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Loudini Interviews 23rd Hour

23rd Hour was created after a chance meeting at a coffee house transformed unlikely bedfellows Sherry-Lynn Lee and George Paolini into sympathetic artistic souls. They come from different backgrounds, genres and eras, but when their individual aesthetics intertwine, they hit that sweet spot of subtle adventurousness epitomized by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, and The Civl Wars. Their album Perfect Strangers wraps visceral stories with clever wordplay and elements of jazz, classical, rock, folk and pop. Their sound is notably organic, employing acoustic instruments and, when electric, a very clean, unprocessed tone. The album debuted at #22 on the iTunes new jazz release best-sellers list. 
A simple hello can change everything. 





For singer-songwriters and multi- instrumentalists Sherry-Lynn Lee and George Paolini, a chance meeting at an open mic transformed unlikely bedfellows into sympathetic artistic souls.  

The duo, who perform under the moniker 23rd Hour, announces its debut album -- Perfect Strangers -- a body of work that melds eclectic and urbane musicality with pop accessibility and poetic sentiments.  

Sherry and George’s artistry encompasses jazz, classical, rock, folk, and pop. They come from different backgrounds, genres and eras, but when their individual aesthetics intertwine, they hit that sweet spot of subtle adventurousness epitomized by artists such as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Norah Jones.  

Perfect Strangers wraps visceral stories with clever word play. Their sound is notably organic, employing acoustic instruments and, when electric, a very clean, unprocessed sound.  

Songs on Perfect Strangers fluidly shift from Sherry at the center, with George on background vocals, to tunes led by George with Sherry providing support. Often their vocals blend in tight, flowing harmonies. Both are gifted instrumentalists, proficient on guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica.  

It has been a transformative two-year journey for Sherry and George. “The fact that we got together seems almost magical to me. It’s changed me for the better,” George says.  

Sherry, who first approached George about collaborating, adds: “The lesson I’ve learned is it never hurts to ask.” 

Why Loosing Your Front Man Might Be the Best Thing To Happen To Your Band!

This week on the Loudini Hard Rock and Metal Circus, Lou and Keith discuss the classic bands who had as good or greater success after changing lead singers. The guys also discuss YOUR opinions too.  Featured Loudini Artists: Monster Truck Crobot Defy the Tide
















Featured Loudini Artists:

Monster Truck
The term Rock n' Roll gets thrown around pretty haphazardly. One can go as far as stating it’s been bastardized to the point of being unrecognizable, ironically shouted on stages worldwide, and classified dead or MIA by the very musicians that once upheld its standard. 

Enter Monster Truck. There's something comforting about a band name that delivers exactly what you expect to hear. Born in 2009 from the ashes of various Canadian Indie bands, Monster Truck began as a sonic affront to the very industry its members were bred from. After feeling more like cogs in the music industry machine, Jon Harvey (bass & lead vocals), Jeremy Widerman (guitar & vocals), Brandon Bliss (organ & vocals) and Steve Kiely (drums & vocals) broke free to forge their own path, answering only to themselves. “It was admittedly a bit selfish from the get-go as we only were looking to please ourselves,” laughs Widerman. Their unabashed approach to making and performing music became infectious. “We just wanted to mix all of our favorite hard rock, punk and classic rock favourites into something raw and basic,” states Widerman, almost as if to suggest that no one had done it to his liking yet. The band was doing something right. A ground swell of regional fans quickly began rushing to any local venue to see the band perform live. Rock n' Roll is clearly not dead.Offers began to pile up for Hamilton, Ontario’s prodigious sons, and the band soon realized they had to make a decision to jump in hip deep and take the record label and tour offers more seriously. “The decision was probably easier than I'd like to admit,” adds Widerman, suggesting they were probably all kidding themselves thinking they weren't willing to make sacrifices once again in an attempt to make music for a living. What started as a fun and albeit ‘selfish’ musical side-project, quickly gained momentum and took on a life of its own. Monster Truck self-released a self-titled EP produced by Gus Van Go & Werner F (The Stills, Preistess, Hollerado) in 2010 and followed up with The Brown EP (2011) produced by Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Cancer Bats, Three Days Grace) on Indie powerhouse Dine Alone Records. The Brown EP aggressively showcased the band’s ability to keep a firm grasp in the classic roots that enabled them, while staying contemporary and true to their vast influences. Singles “Seven Seas Blues” and “Righteous Smoke” became runaway hits reaching Top 10 on Canadian Rock radio and true to their notorious maxim “Don’t F*ck With The Truck”, the band hit the road with a vengeance. Tours included a 2011 cross-Canada sold-out run with The Sheepdogs. Additional tours followed in 2012 when Monster Truck was handpicked to open for Slash on his North American tour, as well as sold-out dates in support of legends Deep Purple.
After an unexpected, yet highly successful year of relentless touring, Monster Truck returned home hell bent to record a full-length album. Over the course of 2 months, the guys put together 12 original songs showcasing not only their determination to continue churning out heart-pounding rock tracks, but that also highlighted another dimension to the band’s songwriting and performance. The result is their debut full-length LP aptly titled Furiosity.

Produced once again by JUNO-nominated Eric Ratz at Vespa Studios in Toronto and Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, Furiosity showcases Monster Truck’s ability to seamlessly integrate influences from grunge and punk era greats that they love so dearly with alt-sounding vintage rock. The resulting album remains anchored in grooves, yet propulsive and volcanic, fueled by frontman Jon Harvey’s colossal vocal delivery. 

The album impressingly runs the gamut from crushing first single "Sweet Mountain River" which features a highly infectious chorus juxtaposed against a killer riff, to tracks like “The Lion” and its definitive old-school, boogie-rock vibe. “While the bulk of songs were written and executed in fairly quick fashion, tailoring the pace and fine tuning the transitions took longer than usual,” says Widerman of the writing process. “We really wanted the songs to take the listener on an exciting journey.” Gems like “Old Train” featuring epic gang vocals were in fact kept under wraps from the producer and the label until the band reworked them to their liking while “Power of the People” -- a Rage Against The Machine inspired track -- is a commentary on a society in turmoil and an anthem for those who wish to band together and make a difference. 

The band intentionally challenged themselves with “For The Sun”, spending more than a year playing the song live in order to perfect it. Slower-paced and with thought to ensuring every moment was well-crafted and building in intensity, Widerman spent 2 days in the studio just recording the intro and solos leaving other members of the band to wonder whether he would ever be satisfied with the end result. Finally, last minute addition “My Love Is True” shows a more soulful side of Monster Truck, and is another shining example of how even a down tempo song can shake you to your core. 

The constant show regiment and recording process is sharpening the band’s delivery and there's no doubt that anyone still interested in original and authentic rock music will be compelled to pay attention. Monster Truck will continue doing what they do best, steamrolling from town to town leaving legions of fans in their wake.

Gender
Plural (male)

Current Location
Hamilton, ON

General Manager
Bedlam Music Mgmt.

Influences
Beards, Hockey, Beer, Grizzly Bears, Sonic Booms, Nebulas, Flying Elbow Drops, Hourglasses, Fine Art, Grumpy Cat, Controlled Fire, Uncontrolled Fire, Mountains, Mike Brown, and Spiders

Crobot
Crobot is:
Brandon Yeagley - Vocals, Harmonica
Bishop - Guitar, Vocals
Jake Figueroa - Bass
Paul Figueroa - Percussion

Dirty. Groove. Rock.

There was a time when rock radio was dominated by great riffs. From Deep Purple’s “Smoke On the Water” and Derek And The Dominoes’ “Layla” to Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” and Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name Of” it was all about that unmistakable guitar sound that instantly identified a band or song.

The four members of Crobot — Brandon Yeagley (lead vocals), Chris Bishop (guitar), Jake Figueroa (bass) and Paul Figueroa (drums) — have united to bring that back.

Blending funk, blues, metal and good old-fashioned rock and roll into a howling vortex of Yeagley’s vocals, Bishop’s guitar and the Figueroa’s backbone, Crobot have crafted an album of endless good time rock hooks that sound as inspired today as they would have on AOR radio in 1974.

“We grew up with the same riff rock and it’s seemingly lacking in today’s music. We really seem to like the rock of old and felt that was missing,” Yeagley says.

“It seems like once we started jamming we didn’t try to find a certain sound or didn’t try to write a certain style, that’s just the stuff that came out cause that’s the shit that we like, the stuff that we listen to. It was much more of a subconscious effort. Crobot defined itself,” Jake adds.

That seamless chemistry between the quartet is evident throughout their eponymous four-song EP, which serves as an introduction to the band’s upcoming Something Supernatural album, due out this October. Before getting to the, well, mystical bond, first a little back story: Yeagley and Bishop were playing together in Crobot with two other members, while Jake and Paul were in other bands. “We played shows together and we realized we wanted Jake and Paul in the band for it to work and we got them,” Bishop says. “Just jamming together it was natural and clicked right off the bat. With Jake and Paul we were on the same train going the same direction, from the beginning.”

With the Figueroa brothers in the fold, Crobot found its voice. “Once Jake and Paul came into the band a little over a year ago everything started coming a lot easier just because they were already in a band that was similar to Crobot,” Bishop says. “We all played on shows together so it was nice to have an idea and then someone to expand off of that idea. So once that started happening we realized, ‘This is what Crobot is.’”

Crobot is a band that can rock at all tempos. Whether it’s the slow-building groove of “Skull Of Geronimo,” a methodical sludge-rocker that calls to mind Soundgarden in the chorus or the more up-tempo funkified “Nowhere To Hide,” a track that sounds like the Black Crowes driving a Camaro, Crobot display stellar musicianship and lyrical depth.

For example, on “Queen Of The Light,” the powerful closing track of Something Supernatural, Yeagley sings the story of a girl yearning for a new life. “She lives the darkest life/but all she wants to be is the queen of the light,” he sings against the plaintive wailing of the slow-moving melody. It’s one of the songs destined to strike a deep chord with fans in the same way the single “Nowhere To Hide” has become a good-time anthem.

“’Nowhere To Hide,’ was another one of the first songs we had written. We were jamming ideas and pulling ideas from other songs that we had jammed on and it came together,” Paul says. “It was organic.”

“Nowhere To Hide” is one of the songs Yeagley cites as getting his feet wiggling. And he promises that on Something Supernatural there will be plenty more grooves to get fans moving, as those who’ve experienced Crobot live have already seen.

“’Night Of The Sacrifice’ is one that’s coming out off the full length and that always gets me excited to play,” he says. “It’s usually the introduction to the funkier side of what we do in our set, it’s usually the first funky track that we play. So it’s really exciting to switch that mode from more riff based stuff towards to the classic metal sounding stuff with the heavier side of things and to flip flop and see people’s reactions when we totally hit the other end of the spectrum with the funky stuff.”

Musically, “Skull Of Geronimo” is one Yeagley sees as being undeniably representative of Crobot. “That’s a little on the heavier end of the spectrum, but it’s still got that funkiness to it,” he says. And lyrically, “Wizards” might be the Crobot statement song.

“It’s an epic tale of two wizards. One is on the side of wizardry and technology while the other is the side of natural spiritual wizardry and it’s a clash of funkiness and classic metal too in the same sense. So it’s a battle of epic proportions on all sides,” he says. “It’s just a song that fulfills all the ends of the spectrum of what Crobot is.”

Then there is the storytelling ability they show on a song like “La Mano De Lucifer,” a Biblical tale that starts off, “A failed rebellion/against the one creator/exiled to the fire.”

To show all sides of Crobot takes a lot. This is a band that displays their pot-smoking proudly, like on the humorous Twitter post, “Warning, Crobot’s music has been known to turn you to stoned.”

As another side of the band, Yeagley is a devout sci-fi buff. Asked what one film Crobot does the score for, he replies without hesitation, “2001: A Space Odyssey. That movie has its own special place amongst the sci-fi world.” And for contemporary sci-fi he picks Ender’s Game. “I’m such a huge fan of that series and to see that come to life on film was really cool. It’s got battles of epic proportions and everything you love about sci-fi, just nails it,” he says.

In a recent interview with a popular Chicago website the band was asked about the four-song CROBOT EP first, then waiting on the album. Their response: “We are gentlemen so we wanted to ease the tip in first.”

And asked if they were born in the wrong era musically Jake nailed it. “I thought about it but then I realized the weed is WAYYYY better now.”

A modern rock band with a sense of humor, as well as their own hot sauce, CROBOT has already been making their mark among peers with their wild live performances. But for Crobot, at the end of the day, it is all about the sound.

“All I care about is that people walk away after hearing the album thinking, ‘Man, Crobot is the funkiest, heaviest band I’ve ever heard,’” Bishop says.


Defy The Tide
Genre
A melodic twist of metalcore and power metal

Band Members
Vocals: Carly Simon-Warneke
Bass: Greg Fristick 
Drums: Luke Tenley 
Guitars: Jesse Scott 
Guitars: Matt Friede

Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA

Record Label
Independent/Unsigned

Affiliation
BMI

About
A melodic twist of metalcore and power metal.

Biography
Defy the Tide is a melodic heavy metal band from Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding Ohio Valley area. 

Defy the Tide was founded in May of 2014 when vocalist Carl... See More

Awards
Metalholic.com 2015 Top Women in Hard Rock and Metal Unsigned Spotlight- Carly Simon-Warneke

Current Location
The Ohio Valley

Booking agent
booking@defythetide.com

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Time to Create a Supergroup

Featured Artists: Royal Blood, The Standstills, FreeRockSaints












Royal Blood
Genre
Alternative Rock

Band Members
Michael Kerr - Bass/Vocals
Ben Thatcher - Drums

Hometown
United Kingdom

Record Label
Black Mammoth Records

About
Pre-order "How Did We Get So Dark?" here: https://r-oy.al/blood/_website

Biography
Royal Blood are a two piece band formed in Brighton, UK.

https://twitter.com/royalblooduk
https://soundcloud.com/royalblooduk
http://instagram.com/royalblooduk
http://www.royalbloodband.com

Gender
Male

Current Location
Brighton UK

Press contact
Print: andy.prevezer@warnermusic.com / Online: morad.khokar@warnermusic.com / International Press: josh.jennings@warnermusic.com

Booking agent
UK/EU - charlie.myatt@13artists.com / lola.mitchell@13artists.com - North America - KMS@wmeentertainment.com / RF@wmeentertainment.com

The Standstills
Genre
Rock and Roll

Band Members
Jonny Fox- (Vocals/ Guitar)

Renee Couture- (Drums/ Percussion)

Hometown
Oshawa, ON

Record Label
eOne

About
Official Facebook Page

Biography
The Standstills compose a story being brought down to its core, stripped of all inessentials, and rendered art. Like rugged, spare, soulful prose, their craft is Hemingway meets John Lee Hooker, overdriven.

Awards
Best new group- Mainstream Rock (Canadian Radio Music Awards 2016)

Current Location
Oshawa, ON

General Manager
Amir Epstein
1 (647) 377-1332
(amir@epsteinmanagementfirm.com)

Press contact
Ola- Ola@indoorrecess.com

Booking agent
UTA:
Ralph.james@unitedtalent.com
Zaed.Maqbool@unitedtalent.com

Free Rocksaints


Hometown
Καβάλα

Record Label
GROOVEYARD RECORDS NY-USA

About
Established in the summer of 2016.
Retro Ηard Rockin' Blues Funk.







Monday, May 29, 2017

Hair Metal Rocks

Hair Metal Rocks





Gene the Werewolf
Gene the Werewolf has never paid attention to trends. Nor has the Pittsburgh-based quintet been part of a scene or the hipster's band of choice. They are iconoclasts by virtue of their music, rock 'n' roll survivors in thrall to the genre's power and
energy. And they're damn good at it, even if they are a dying breed. "It's strange to feel like you are one of the last of your own kind," says Gene, the band's dynamic frontman and lead singer. Thus, "The Loner," Gene the Werewolf's third studio album.

The band, formed in 2007, is comprised of 5 native Pittsburghers. With self-released albums "Light Me
Up" and "Wicked Love" under their belts, as well as 2012's worldwide release of
"Rock 'n' Roll Animal" on Frontiers Records, the band is ready to deliver their knockout blow with "The Loner". In a perfect world it's music that should be blasting on car radios from Asbury Park to Hermosa Beach, on jukeboxes in dives and biker bars. Posters of the hirsute Gene and his band mates--guitarist Drew Donegan, bassist Tim Schultz, drummer Nick Revak and keyboard player Aaron Mediate--should be on the walls of kids from Seattle to South Beach. Put
Gene the Werewolf on stage at the Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip or The Troubadour in West Hollywood in 1989, and they'd kill. But times have changed.These guys don't have access to a time machine. The next best thing is an album like
"The Loner" that takes you to those halcyon days when rock 'n' roll was hip and cool and fearless. If you yearn for rock music that echoes Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and Guns 'N Roses, with dashes of Whitesnake and Winger in the mix, "The Loner" deserves your attention.

The album features 10 tracks of uniformly excellent quality. In a musical climate dominated by drip-feeding content, single-by-single, the band still takes great pride in making a conventional album. "We wrote and demoed close to 25 songs for the album, so there was a lot of variety and unique ideas being kicked around," Gene
says. Those ideas were fleshed out at Red Medicine Studios in Pittsburgh, where producer Sean McDonald has become one of Western Pennsylvania's most respected musical alchemists. Having worked with The Clarks, Jim Donovan
(formerly of Rusted Root) and many other of the best musicians in Pittsburgh,
McDonald helped the band reach its full potential. "It seems a cliche to say this, but Sean really was a sixth member of the band." Donegan says. "He worked as a songwriter, engineer and producer, elevating our craft to levels we didn't think were possible."

There are no duds on "The Loner." The first song, "The Walking Dead," is Gene's take
on a zombie apocalypse and features two dazzling guitar solos by Pittsburgh native Reb Beach, who currently performs with Whitesnake and Winger. The final track, "The Best I Can" showcases the honky-tonk piano of Randy Baumann of WDVE-FM and slide guitar by The Clarks' guitar maestro, Rob James. Sandwiched in between
are eight songs that will satisfy the most discriminating rock 'n' roll fan. And then there's Gene himself, who is merely the best rock 'n' roll singer too many people have never heard. He sings, he wails, he screams, he hits notes that haven't been
reached since Vince Neil was a pup. In a perfect world, he'd be a star, as would the band. But we all know the musical world is a fragile, fragmented and damaged place where stars are manufactured, not earned. Not that Gene the Werewolf cares about stardom. Give them a stage, let them play. That's all they want to do.

Current Location
Pittsburgh, PA

General Manager
booking@genethewerewolf.com

Influences
Bands you don't like!

Press contact
booking@genethewerewolf.com

Booking agent
booking@genethewerewolf.com


Diamante
Genre
Rock

Hometown
Boston, MA

Record Label
Eleven Seven Music

Affiliation
ASCAP

About
[dee-ya-mon-tay] (n.) A 20 y/o blue-haired rock n' rolla  #CIH 

Gender
Female

Current Location
Hollywood, CA

Booking agent
TKO: Andrew Goodfriend
273 Columbus Ave.| Ste.6 | Tuckahoe, NY., 10707
phone: 914-346-8938 | fax: 310-943-1517
www.tkoco.com
andrewgoodfriend@tkoco.com

Highway 4
Highway 4 is an award-winning rock band from Pittsburgh with a Foo Fighters meets Halestorm sound, riff-centered writing, and a classic vibe and energy like that of the 1970's stadium rock.

"With an ear open to the great influences of the past, performed with the intensity of today, and a clear vision of the future, Rock N Roll is in good hands with Highway 4." -Tim Daugherty, Program Director, WONE-FM 97.5, Akron, OH

The "Classic Rock" sound has come full circle, this time, with more power and grit to back it up. This award-winning rock band from Pittsburgh is quickly rising to popularity and resurfacing the rock music scene as we know it. Eclectic influences of the 1970's era forged with the "muscle" of the 21st century have been the backbone to developing the unique & reminiscent sound in their alternative rock genre. Highway 4 formed in 2010 with members Kelly Brown (VOX, Torrence, CA), Mike Angert (Guitar, Chicora, PA), and Tylar Parker (Bass, Chicora, PA) with the intent to make waves and break molds in mainstream rock music.
Armed with their most recent release (Matter Of Time 2016) and their first full-length album, Up In Arms (2014), Highway 4 possesses an unmatchable energy and unforgettable sound and style that is redefining rock music. The two year gap in between the music allowed Highway 4 to serve their fans on the road playing over 300 shows, undergo many valuable changes, and evolve with the maturing writing style. New EP Record, Matter Of Time opens a door into the past while marrying the present with songs that boast powerful hooks and classic staying potential.

"We didn't want to write music that would be forgotten. There's just something about complete transparency, raw-talent, and human imperfection in the recording process that gives an album the ability to root itself in the present but last through the decades." -Kelly Brown, VOX, Hwy4

MATTER OF TIME has those qualities and Highway 4 fans are going to feel a renewed sense of passion for music when this EP Record gets into their hands. 

In February 2012, they competed in the 105.9FM X Winter Rock Showcase at the Hard Rock Cafe (Pittsburgh, PA) and placed 2nd overall out of 110 unsigned bands. In March of the same year, they took 1st in the Next Big Thing Tour at Mr. Small's Theatre (Millvale, PA) out of 40 indie rock bands. In July 2013, they won the first ever fan-voted Grassy Award from 97.7FM's The Rock Station for "One of These Days." To date, they have made multiple radio appearances, successfully crowdfunded their 2016 EP Matter Of Time, shared the stage with The Clarks, Zepparella, Truth & Salvage Company, Hot Action Cop, Shane Alexander, LA Guns' Tracii Guns, BulletBoys, Killer Bee, Blackberry Smoke, and Great White, and are currently organizing a tour in support of their EP.


Mississippi Bones
Hailing from the flat lands of Hardin County, Ohio, Mississippi Bones have established themselves as a rock n roll force to be reckoned with. In the two years since the release of their self titled debut album, this gargantuan six piece has infected the world with their foot tappin grooves and Southern swamp sludge. With the release of their follow up, “Tracks,” they once again take you on a trip you won’t soon forget. Armed with a barrel full of massive riffs and sharp tongued lyrics, the Bones will soak your soul with rock n roll and leave you reminded why rock is right.

Gender
Plural (mixed)

Current Location
Hardin County, Ohio



Friday, May 26, 2017

Loudini interviews Jonathan Cavier

Blue Room is Cavier’s second full-length album, and the followup to 2016’s Premier release and contains the new single “When You Come Around”

(Los Angeles, CA) May 4, 2017 – Pop singer-songwriter Jonathan Cavier is preparing for the release of his second solo album, Blue Room, which will be released via iTunes and all major digital outlets on May 12. Blue Room’s first single, “When You Come Around,” was recently released on April 21 and the video for the song will be released next week in advance of the full album. On “When You Come Around,” Sting’s influence can be heard as Cavier passionately sings about his desire to connect with someone special over an affective acoustic melody. There is raw emotion in both Cavier’s voice and lyrics on Blue Room showing an artist that has a deep strength in communicating emotion to his listeners. Blue Room’s sound is a continuation and maturation of the sound from Cavier’s first solo album, Premier, as both of these releases blend together pop influences from the 80s, 90s and music of today. On Blue Room, Cavier continues to “transport listeners to colorful three-minute worlds,” a process he started with the 2016 release of Premier.




Cavier’s time in the atmospheric pop duo EyeTalk gave him years of experience and exposure in countries all over the world. With the maturation of his songwriting and composition and the wide array of generational influences on Blue Room’s ten tracks, one can see an artist truly coming into his own.


About Jonathan Cavier
Phoenix-based singer-songwriter and pop performer Jonathan Cavier is no stranger to writing catchy tunes that blend wide-ranging influences into a multi-faceted yet cohesive sound. Originally from Northern California, Cavier (“cav-AIR”) moved to Phoenix, AZ where he performed as Alan Clark in the atmospheric pop duo, EyeTalk. Over the course of 10 years and five albums, this venture saw their music reach international audiences in Italy, the UK, and Australia. After five albums and hundreds of shows played throughout the US, Alan Clark has reintroduced himself under the pseudonym Jonathan Cavier. With one solo album, Premier, already under his belt, Cavier further defines his sound on 2017’s 10-song release entitled Blue Room. In addition to his musical endeavors, Cavier is a semi-professional tennis player and a member of the USTA and IFT. Cavier says practicing and playing in tournaments is “the fountain of youth.”


Follow Jonathan:
Website: http://Caviermusic.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JonathanCavierMusic
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jcaviermusic
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jcaviermusic

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hard Rock Singer Songwriter Chris Cornell

This week  Lou and Keith celebrate the life of late great Chris Cornell. The guys will share some interesting facts and stories about Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of The Dog alumni  Featured Loudini Artists:  Bridge To Mars  Four Sticks  Freerock Saints












Bridge to Mars
"Quality from start to finish, Bridge To Mars have the potential to make some serious waves in the world of classic rock with this debut album"
Jim Rowland, Uberrock

Not just a copy of course,Bridge To Mars have made their own wonderful way. They learned from a master, they run with the best, they make a stupendous noise.
All aboard!
9 out of 10
Steve Swift, Powerplay magazine UK

"Bridge To Mars is spot on target. If you like the genre, you will love this album"
Craig Hartranft, Dangerdog

"So I think it’s fairly obvious that I rather like this release and if 70’s rock / hard rock is your bag , then you will too."
Dan Mann, Rockposer

"All in all a killer debut for this power trio, a band I’d really like to see live, where I think the songs will really come alive. Highly recommended!"
Janne Starck

So, on closing, if your into MetalCore, Djent, Thrash metal etc. then you may think this isn’t gonna be your cuppa tea. However, like everyone else who is into Rock or Metal or every genre and era, you will always listen to the likes of Zep, Cream, The Who etc., and if you liked these, then you will love Bridge To Mars. This albums sound, has its roots well and truly planted in the late 60’s and 70’s early classic rock, psychedelia era, but with an all important 2016 contemporary take on it. This is one classy album. Buy it! You sure as hell won’t be disappointed.

Would I buy it? – Yes, and I did, and so should you!

Would I recommend it? – Most definitely!

Would I pay good money to see them live? – Without hesitation. JJ Marsh is without doubt one of the greatest guitarists to grace this planet.

Overall –
Rating – 5 out of 5
John J O´Neil, Firestorm.com


10 out of 10 cd review by Sleazethiscity, France

5 out of 5 cd review by Radio-Barbarossa, Germany

8 out if 10 cd review by Sweden Rock magazine, Sweden

Etc.....etc.

BRIDGE TO MARS, a three-piece powerhouse from Stockholm, Sweden. 

JJ MARSH: Regular co-writer and guitar player with Glenn Hughes for 13 years and played on a number of his albums, and also recorded and toured with Glenn and Joe Lynn Turner's 'Hughes Turner Project' (HTP). Has also played with the Swedish band Spellbound. 

THOMAS BROMAN: Worked with many artists and bands including Great King Rat, The Electric Boys, Send No Flowers, Magnus Lindberg, John Norum, Silver Ginger 5, Glenn Hughes, Hughes Turner Project, Firebird, Joe Lynn Turner, Michael Schenker and many more.

ROBERT HANSEN: Also bass player in the swedish progressive band Beardfish and has been a part of many other projects.

Four Sticks
Four Sticks is an Israeli Alternative rock band from Tel Aviv, formed in 2015. The band consists of Zohar Assa (lead vocals, guitar), Ran Vardina (bass guitar, backing vocals), Eden Alony (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Nimrod Radian Gordon (pianist, synthesizers and backing vocals). They are known for their energetic live performances.

Free Rock Saints 
Genre
Hard Rockin' Blues Funk

Hometown
Καβάλα

Record Label
GROOVEYARD RECORDS NY-USA

About
Established in the summer of 2016.
Retro Ηard Rockin' Blues Funk.








Thursday, May 18, 2017

Loudini Interviews Socal Rocket

So-Cal Rocket Dynamics is a heavy "neo" rockabilly band from the Los Angeles Area. Thier catchy and aggressive sound was born in the west coast car culture scene and it falls neatly between rockabilly and psychobilly. They combine vintage guitar styles and blisteringly slapped upright bass lines, with punk and swing rhythms to win your rock and roll heart. Their 2011 release "Santa Susana Meltdown" and 2014 release "Too Bad She wont live" are available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and most major online stores. You must hear this band, and see them live!
Genre
Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Psychobilly




Band Members
So-Cal Rocket Dynamics: 
Upright Bass - Robert Coddington 
Guitar - Matt Britton
Drums - Mark Powell
Vocals - Rich Contadino

Hometown
North Hollywood

Record Label
none

About
"SoCal Rocket Dynamics" is a Heavy Rockabilly band in the Los Angeles area. Our first 2 albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.

Current Location
Los Angeles

General Manager
Robert Coddington

Influences
50's music, rockabilly, (of all kinds), surf guitar, big band, swing, punk, indie rock, vintage country...

Booking agent
Mark Powell
markteevee@gmail.com

Friday, May 12, 2017

Loudini Interviews Amilia K Spicer

As the lyric from her song “Shotgun” implies, singer-songwriter Amilia K Spicer has a thing for wide-open spaces and exotic places. Even her record label name, Free Range, reflects her vagabond spirit—which has carried her from the rolling green hills of her native Pennsylvania, to the hill country of central Texas, and even the mountain monasteries of Nepal. She lives in Los Angeles and Austin, but she might tell you she feels most rooted when she’s heading toward a distant horizon, guided by the sky. Her label’s motto? “Don’t fence me in.”

The songs on her new album, Wow and Flutter, capture the vastness of those horizons with a cinematic quality, somehow sweeping us into the panorama as we listen. It should surprise no one that she pursued a career in film before music became her muse.





When Spicer answered music’s call, she was first discovered at a Los Angeles club. That led to a rare main stage Kerrville Folk Festival debut, three Kennedy Center performances, song placements in several high-profile TV productions (Party of Five, Dawson’s Creek), and more. Spicer’s first two releases, Like an Engine and Seamless were released to critical acclaim, with New Texas Magazine calling Spicer “A formidable talent.” Spicer’s music has also earned comparisons to that of Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Lanois. During the writing process for Wow and Flutter, Spicer took time to work on several other projects. Among these, she has been lauded for her contributions to Cinnamon Girl: Women Artists Cover Neil Young and A Case for Case: A Peter Case Tribute with John Prine. She also appeared on the 2009 Safety Harbor Kids Holiday Collection, alongside Jackson Browne, Sheila E, and Paul Barrere. Spicer has enjoyed other collaborations as well, most notably appearing on albums by John Gorka and the final Rounder release from the late Bill Morrissey.

Spicer describes her folk-Americana style as red-dirt noir, evoking majestic vistas—and shadowy mysteries. Crafted on piano and more recently, guitar, her richly textured songs are sung in a honeyed alto that’s equal parts earthy and airy. Her sound is like glass: spun from sand and fire into something smooth and clear. And sometimes beautifully etched—with acid. The album’s title, a reference to pitch changes caused by imperfections in analog audio, was chosen in part because the sounds so sensual. “Wow and flutter reminds me of wax and wane, ebb and flow,” Spicer says. “Or something opening and closing, like a heart.” Moon, tide and heart fluctuations—and other natural-world phenomena—are part of Wow and Flutter’s essence. Its songs carry titles such as “Lightning,” “Windchill” and “Wild Horses”; they mention hurricanes, open flames and stones polished in the rain. A hoot owl calls at the start of “Shotgun,” which turns Native American- and African-influenced vocal undulations and delicate slide guitar into a truly hypnotic reverie. There’s an intimate sensuality, too, but it’s as if she’s dancing behind a veil, letting her music reveal what it may. However, in “Fill Me Up,” the western-tinged first track, when she sings the line, Shenandoah’s got secrets so deep, we can infer she’s talking about more than a mountain. In the soaring “What I’m Saying,” she declares her intent to find her purpose and place in the world. “I want to be a force to be reckoned with,” Spicer asserts. “I want to cause a beautiful commotion.“

Current Location
Los Angeles, CA

Influences
wood water earth sound light smell taste feel

Press contact
Free Range Records (703) 533-0772 X25

Booking agent
Scott Twiford, Allspice Music (703) 407-6623

Monday, May 8, 2017

Top 5 Front Men of All Time of Hard Rock and Metal

They are the ring leaders of rock with egos the size of the entire stadium but we are all in love with them. Over the years there have been some AMAZING front men in rock and metal. This week Lou and Keith try like madmen to narrow this list down to only 5... They must be crazy! Featured Loudini Artists:  Deap Vally  Dirty Streets  SATE







Deep Vally
Release Date
September 16, 2016

Genre
rock and roll

Band Members
Lindsey Troy
Julie Edwards

Hometown
Los Angeles, CA

Record Label
North America: Nevado Music
http://www.nevadomusic.com

ROW: Cooking Vinyl
http://cookingvinyl.com/

About
Bad. Ass.

New album, FEMEJISM, out now!!!!
http://www.deapvally.com

Catch us on the upcoming Rage and Rapture tour with Garbage and Blondie!!

Biography
Twitter: http://po.st/DVtwitter
Instagram: http://po.st/DVinstagram
Myspace: http://po.st/DVmyspace
Website: http://po.st/DVwebsite

Current Location
yr speakerzz...

General Manager
Red Light Management -- deb.fenstermacher@redlightmanagement.com james.sandom@redlightmanagement.com

Influences
punky colors

Press contact
US publicity: alison@tcbpr.com & carrie@tcbpr.com

UK publicity: rachel@rachelhendry.com

US label:
nick@nevadomusic.com

Booking agent
North America: Carole Kinzel @ CAA Carole.Kinzel@caa.com ||| Everywhere Else: Russel Warby @ William Morris RWarby@wmeentertainment.com

Dirty Streets
Band Members
Thomas Storz
Justin Toland
Andrew Denham

Hometown
Memphis, TN

Record Label
Alive NaturalSound/Kozmik Artifactz

About
Our new album "White Horse" is available now on Alive Naturalsound Records.

Biography
The Dirty Streets are a young band from the Memphis area who are an obvious product of digging on the likes of MC5, Rolling Stones, James Brown, Cactus, Humble Pie & the Faces.

Gender
Plural (male)

Current Location
Soulsville, USA

Influences
Deep Purple, Grand Funk, Pretty Things, James Gang, the Byrds, Sly & the Family Stone, CCR, Leafhound, Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mountain, King Crimson, Blue Cheer, Free

Press contact
Tony Bonyata (tony@pavementpr.com)

Booking agent
US - Angela Mapes 
(angela@tonedeaftouring.com)

EU - Carmen Lamparter
(carmen@blackpikefavorites.com)


SATE
SATE has her feet firmly planted in the 21st century, but the passing of the torch is fully evident on this primordial scream of a debut record that balances huge riffs with swaggering vocals, like a lost collaboration between Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix. SATE is out to satisfy earholes.

"SATE is an in-your-face, full-throttle blues-rock band with a sound that will amp you up and get you grooving." - Tom Matthew [Two Ton Music]


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SATE would like to acknowledges the support from the following organization that have helped her on the journey of making and marketing her music, along with the support for touring:
FACTOR
Canada Council
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ontario Music Fund
Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council
The SOCAN Foundation



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Loudini Interviews Julio Duran of Polar Waves

Flashback to an idyllic formative moment: Polar Waves singer-songwriter Julio Duran is home in Chile during a cold snap. The country is in the grip of a polar vortex, but he’s indoors staying warm with his buddies and some booze. His wanderlust to break out of a safe existence is hibernating and he’s in the moment. It’s a short-lived time of serenity before Julio heeds the call of his soul to bravely venture into an unknown future, in an unfamiliar country.

This winter Julio shares his journey with Polar Waves’ debut album, No One Needs Help Anymore, a visceral collection of unguarded emotionality and blood raw rock n’ roll produced by modern rock legend John Keane (R.E.M./Widespread Panic).





“It’s been quite a trip for me since I came to this country about 10 years ago,” the Athens Georgia-based artist says. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Loudini Interviews Austin Mo

Austin Morgan aka (Austin Mo) is a singer, song writer and blues/rock guitar prodigy from northern California. He received his first guitar at the age of 12 and from that moment his life was changed forever! Since that time, he has spent countless hours studying and fine tuning his guitar skills learning from his idols such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix to Joe Bonnamassa. At the age of 16 he was one of 5 kids chosen from the US to attend the worlds first international Blues Camp in London, England under the instruction of the amazing Fernando Jones, founder of The Blues Kids of America. Now back in the States, he has assembled his own band The Austin Mo Xperience and they have taken West Coast by storm. He has his eyes set on arena shows for 2017 and at the rate he is going, its only a matter of time before he takes the world by storm. Keep on the look out for Austin Mo and The Austin Mo Xperience you won't want to miss their electrifying show!





For Booking information please call: 916-450-1929

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Most Hated Bands Of All Time

There have always been rock bands that people have just LOVED to hate? Where does this hate come from? Is it ever justified? What drives critics and music fans to single out certain bands as objects of hate? Lou and Keith discuss this plus play some great heavy indie bands that you will absolutely love!  Featured Loudini Artists:  Romantic Rebel  The Sword  Kobra and the Lotus














Romantic Rebel
Chicago-based hard rock act Romantic Rebel will release its new EP, 'Begin Again,' this summer. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere its new song and  music video, "Too Far," which was recorded, produced and mixed by  producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Megadeth, Machine Head). 







The Sword
There’s an unspoken edict handed down through the ages when it comes to rock bands: there are no rules.

Nobody picks up a guitar to be constricted or oppressed. It’s all about feeling free artistically. Now, The Sword—John Cronise [vocals, guitar], Kyle Shutt [guitar], Bryan Richie [bass], and Santiago Vela III [drums]—cutout boundaries since day one. Their style never stood predicated on a trend or a template. They always create what feels right and let the results speak for themselves.

When it came time to record the group’s fifth full-length album, High Country [Razor & Tie], Cronise landed at something of a spiritual crossroads. Following the final tour for their critically acclaimed Apocryphon, he holed up in his North Carolina home and eventually began writing new songs. The material began to veer into a different space that at the time Cronise felt was somewhat outside of The Sword’s sphere.

“I didn’t even intend for the demos to be Sword songs,” he explains. “But then I realized that I had taken on a sort of limiting view of what The Sword was, and that wasn’t actually what I wanted it to be. I think the new album is more reflective of the music I listen to and where our heads are at collectively. With each of our albums, it’s become less about fury and bombast and more about trying to write good songs. We realized that our music can go wherever we want it to go. There’s no pre-determined course here now, and there never was.”

High Country became new territory for The Sword, and they began doing things differently. That approach included more attention to backing vocals and harmonies, implementing more synthesizers and percussion elements, and tuning to E-flat instead of all the way down to C. As a result, the guitars stand out as more vital and vibrant than ever.

“I felt like the low tuning had become more of a crutch than a tool,” he says. “It was all a matter of trying to keep things fresh, and not fall prey to habits or expectations. We wanted to break out of any classifications and just putout a good rock record.

”Inspired, the boys headed to Church House Recording Studio in Austin, TX to cut High Country with Adrian Quesadaof Brownout and Grupo Fantasma producing, Stuart Sykes [The White Stripes] engineering, and J. Robbins mixing.Over the course of four weeks, they hammered out the album’s 15 tracks in the old converted church. Thematically though, Cronise’s head was still in North Carolina.

“There are a lot of lyrical themes that run throughout the album,” he explains. “I live out in the mountains, so nature really inspired the whole record. That’s a large part of the lyrics.

”The title track and first single “High Country” springs from a transfixing guitar melody into a sweeping refrain,illuminating the group’s inherent dynamics. Over those rolling riffs, the singer paints a thought-provoking topography.

“That was actually the first song I wrote that ended up going on the record,” he says. “The title can have quite a few meanings. Physically, it might mean mountains and literal high country, but it can also refer to a plane of being; a place of wisdom and enlightenment.”

“Empty Temples” opens with a psychedelic buzz that quickly ramps up into towering guitars and another robustvocal display evocative of rock’s golden age.

“It’s loose and swinging, but it has these epic moments,” says Cronise. “Lyrically, it’s about letting go of the past and moving on. You just have faith if you embrace change and be unafraid, and you’ll find where you need to go.

”The gathering storm of “Early Snow” eventually gives way to a rapturous horn section, another first for the band,while “Mist and Shadow” stirs up a haze of blues that’s instantly thunderous. “That song is based around riffswritten by Bryan, which is a new thing for us. He contributed quite a bit of music to this album, and in many ways it’s our most collaborative work to date.”

Both “The Dreamthieves” and “Tears Like Diamonds” have titles inspired by the work of science fiction author Michael Moorcock, though Cronise insists the lyrics have lives of their own. “I’d prefer to let people interpret the songs how they want,” he says, “which is one reason the lyrics aren’t printed in the album sleeve this time. I think they’re pretty intelligible and accessible, and I didn’t want them to distract from the music.

”The Sword’s impact continues to expand. 2012’s Apocryphon debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200, marking their highest entry on the chart. Since first emerging with 2006’s Age of Winters, the group has been extolled by everyone from Rolling Stone and The Washington Post to Revolver and Decibel. Metallica personally chose them as support for a global tour, and they’ve earned high-profile syncs in movies including Jennifer’s Body and Jonas Åkerlund’s Horsemen. However, High Country is the band’s biggest, boldest, and brightest frontier.

“I want to make positive, uplifting music,” Cronise leaves off. “High Country has moments of darkness and thoughtfulness, as anything I write probably will. But at the end of the day I want to put smiles on people’s faces.”


KOBRA AND THE LOTUS - PREVAIL 

Launched in 2009, Kobra And The Lotus is the lifeblood and passion of Canadian vocalist Kobra Paige. Eight years into their journey, the band has gone through significant changes in sound and personnel to the point that they were able evolve and create what is easily the strongest album in the Kobra And The Lotus catalogue. In fact, the aptly titled Prevail is such a show of strength that Kobra and her bandmates chose to make a double album to be released in two parts over the next year; a venture very few artists have the backbone to attempt.

Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Kobra And The Lotus garnered immediate attention in Canada and the US with their debut album, Out Of The Pit, in 2010. The release of their self-titled second album in 2012 and High Priestess in 2014 enabled the band to tour worldwide both as a headliner and support act, which included a North American tour with KISS and Def Leppard. Sadly, Kobra was forced to take an eight month break from music due to a battle with Lyme disease, but Kobra And The Lotus regained much needed momentum with their Words Of The Prophets covers EP in 2015. In fact, the EP played was an integral part in the birth of Prevail in that it cemented the working relationship between Kobra and guitarist Jasio Kulakowski, who joined the band in 2012.

The idea of making a double album was introduced by Kobra's father, who suggested they do it because the vast majority of younger generation metal artists don't have the drive. Kobra admits she thought he was insane and that it was a surefire way to commit career suicide.

"A week later, I couldn't get the idea out of my head because I didn't see any reason why we couldn't push ourselves to do it," says Kobra. "We could at least try, and in that way make a bold statement that Kobra And The Lotus is still hanging in there."

When the band signed with Napalm Records, who were 100% supportive of the double album concept, the label opted to split Prevail into two parts because they felt it was too much material all at once that would go over people's heads. Twenty-one songs in all (including a cover), Prevail I and II share outstanding and diverse material due to the fact the songs were all written at the same time. Not only that, they wrote and recorded together in the studio with producer Jacob Hansen. According to Kobra, the band went to Denmark almost completely empty-handed and had very little material prepared. She calls it an "amazing experience" in that all the writing happened in one place, where the band members could bounce ideas off each other and encourage one other. They also benefitted from Hansen's considerable knowledge and experience.

"I'd say about 85% of Prevail happened in the studio on the spot," says Kobra. "Once we saw how much more colour was added to the songs by working that way we started to feel comfortable with the process. There were some unique things that happened because we were all there together. There was a whole new, whole different vision for this album. I didn't know how this was going to turn out; a lot of it came from my intuition. Jasio is my writing partner and he's a creative force. We lock in with one another when we write, it's amazing. I'm really proud and overjoyed with how the album turned out."

Prevail marks Kobra And The Lotus' debut as members of the Napalm Records roster, but for Kobra the collaboration is a first on many levels for the band.

"It's one of those amazing things that happens and I feel so blessed that Napalm were still interested in us. Every time we were getting ready to release something they were always there looking at us. We always went somewhere else and it was never a good choice (laughs). Okay, it was a good choice in how we needed to grow, but Napalm is the best label we could have hoped for because they're dedicated and they work really hard. There's a lot of young energy at the label and that's a blessing compared to other deals we've had. I don't think we ever knew what it meant to be supported by a label until we signed with Napalm." 

In the months prior to the release of Prevail, fans were treated to three singles: "Trigger Pulse", "Gotham" and "You Don't Know". It comes as no surprise they are reminiscent of some of the material on High Priestess thanks to Kobra and Jasio's partnership, but they also attest to Kobra And The Lotus' massive growth as songwriters and musicians since the last record. On paper it sounds like lip service to say the band has become heavier, more dynamic and adventurous, but your ears don't lie. 

Bottom line... Kobra And The Lotus are fearless as they move forward with Prevail, and with good reason. 

Line-Up
Kobra Paige - vocals
Jasio Kulakowski - guitars
Brad Kennedy - bass
Marcus Lee - drums